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Category: Dogs, Working Dogs, Molossers, Mastiffs, Sicily, Italy, Europe, Guard Dog, Hunting Dog, Herding Dog, Fighting Dog

Cane Corso / Corso
Names Cane Corso, Cane da Macellaio, Italian Corso Dog, Italian Mastiff, Italian Molosso, Sicilian Branchiero, Corso Dog, Cane Corse, Corso, Cane Corso Sicilia
Origins Sicily, Italy
Tasks Guard Dog, Hunting Dog, Herding Dog, Fighting Dog
Height 64-68 cm / 60-64 cm
Weight 45-50 kg / 40-45 kg
Lifespan 10-11 years
Registry FCI, AKC (FSS), CKC
Group Molossers, Mastiffs

The Cane Corso (Cane Corse) is a large sized, short coated, athleticly muscular, molosser type dog that was developed in Sicily, Italy.

The Cane Corso History

The breed is originally from Sicily, Italy. The Cane Corso is a recently recovered breed (alegedly by infusing the remaining Cane Corso population with blood of the Mastino Napolitano and the American Pit Bull Terrier), and its history will probably always be shrouded in mystery and differing opinions.

Originally probably derived from the same genepool as the Neapolitan Mastiff; the Roman war dog "Canis Pugnax". Where the Neo went for power and weight, the Corso favoured agilty, speed and stamina. The breed was originally to be found mostly in the south of Italy, Puglia and Sicily. It was a farm dog, used for big game (wild boar) hunting, guarding, and many other purposes throughout its history. Recovered from near extinction through the efforts of a group of enthusiasts in the 1980's, now the Corso is becoming a very popular breed globally.

Cane Corso Appearance

Body: the Cane Corso is a medium to large, powerful built, but not plump dog. The compact and strong body is about 11% longer than the shoulder height. The back is straight, wide and very muscular. The broad chest, the broad chest is well muscled and shows a clear frontchest. The tail is incited quite high on. In countries were couping is still allowed the tail is usually couped but to a medium couped tail length. When calm, the tail is carried low. In movement the tail is in line with the back or worn slightly above the backline. The legs are straight and well cornered. Cane Corso have cat feet, that are slightly longer at the back legs compared to the front legs. The lightly welved neck has virtually no throatskin, is oval and very muscular.

Head: the skull is wide between the ears and slightly vaulted. The occiput is little developed. Cane Corso's have a clear stop. The broad and deep front muzzle is almost as long and wide as the top of the nose. The big lips droop. When viewed from the front they look like an upside down 'U'. The eyes are medium-sized and they have an alert and intelligent expression. The ears fit in respect to their size on the head. They are triangular in shape and are carried hanging down. Cane Corso's have a light frontal underbite.

Height at Withers: the dogs have a shoulderheight of 64 up to 68 centimetres and bitches measure 60 up to 64 centimetres.

Weight: dogs weigh 45 up to 50 kilos and bitches 40 up to 45 kilos.

Coat: its coat is short, glossy and dense. It should not feel soft.

Colors: Cane Corso's are recognised in black, brindle, various shades of yellow and red in different shades of grey and fawn. A black or grey mask must not extend behind the eyes. Small white markings to chest, feet and the nose are allowed. The eyes are dark.

Cane Corso Temperament

Character: the Cane Corse is a courageous, balanced, intelligent, active and also fiercely entousiastic dog. He is affectionate and loyal to the family. This breed is not that suitable for kennel life, the dog is at home in the midst of family life. Dogs of this breed are very watchful and protective, but they normally only let their voices be heard if there really is trouble.

Social Build: this breed is potentially well with children. When confronted with strangers for the first time his will be a watchful attitude, but if the owner says it is good then it is quickly broken. Dealing with pets including cats generally goes well, provided that the dog is well socialised with these animals. Compared to other dogs they can be compatitive.

Cane Corso Socially

Care: this breed needs very little coat care. During the shedding periods a rubber massage glove offers an outcome when removing the dead and loose hair effectively from the coat.

Education: This breed usually learns quickly and easily, but is not suitable for typical starting dog-lovers. A Cane Corso will only fit to quiet people who have an obvious superiority on dogs. If the pup is brought up consistently in a harmonious environment, the dog has the best chance to become a stable and reliable dog. As a young pup he should be acquainted as much as possible with all sorts of different people, animals and situations, so later he will know what is a stable response. You need not worry that the dog will be less watchful of protective action when he reaches maturity, the protective nature is in every Cane Corso's blood, if it is needed.

Extra attention should be given to the puppy, socializing with other dogs, in order to prevent the dog to later succumb to the challenges of peers for a show of strength.

Activity: Cane Corso is an active and busy dog, that will be able to participate with you for hours tirelessly. Running alongside the bicycle, ball games, fetch and countless other forms of physical activity bring him joy. If for once you don't play with him, in the rule this dog will patiently accept it. A Cane Corso which gets enough movement outside is quiet when he gets inside.

Usability: until now Cane Corso's are mainly held as family dog or watch dog, though there are also people who use this breed for various dog sports and have achieved good results.

Cane Corso Quotes / Trivia

It's said the cane Corso is the athletic brother of the Neapolitan Mastiff.

These dogs were known under various regional names: Vucciuriscu (or Bucciuriscu) in Sicily, Cane della Masseria in Apulia (Puglia) and also Cane da Macellaio (Butchers Dog).


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[ 2014-05-17 ] :: aron
meer informatie over de Cane Corso en interessante artikelen over de Cane Corso vind u op onzecanecorso
[ 2012-01-19 ] :: Alessandro
Yourmaster please don\'t write bull*** if you don\'t know this dogs!! this breed was used olny for woork for many years nobody in the southern contry of Italy need show dogs!! Show dogs are mutt(most with boxer and mustiff for having underbite...) but working line NO(working line have levelbite)!!The sad thing is that working line are disappear,only few people breed working line...go the ilcontadodelmolise,and you will see how old are this dogs and how they are!!
[ 2011-01-06 ] :: yourmaster
no history to these dogs at all. totally contrived. no historical bloodlines. pathetic attempt to cash in. these dogs are mutts of recent creation. do not be fooled.
[ 2010-11-12 ] :: Spartan Dogs
Dear D and Mike, when a dog breed faces near extinction, and there are only few dogs left as a rule dogs with simular genes or with healthy genes are used to reduce the problems that would otherwise arrise when you use brother on sisther dog and such. Probably both APBT and Mastino Napolitano were used for these purposes. So that goes for all modern Cane Corso's. Thanks Mike, we added the Alano Espanol and some more pictures. The best of luck, Spartan Dogs
[ 2010-11-10 ] :: D
are the dogs here part pitbull or are you stating that cane corso in general are all part pit bull?
[ 2010-03-18 ] :: Mike
exelent site, but need more pictures. Also, the Alano Espanol is missing, as well as others...

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